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Nerida Wooley


Nerida’s work reflects her strong connection to the beautiful rural landscape of our state, in particular that of the  Northern Rivers region where she was born and raised.

Having originally studied Agribusiness at the University of Queensland (Gatton Agricultural College) and later Communications at Charles Sturt University (Bathurst), she returned to painting, graduating in 2019 with a Diploma of Visual Arts from Lismore TAFE.

Artistic career highlights to date include being named a finalist in the Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize 2021, a semi-finalist in the BAM (Byron Arts Magazine) Art Prize 2020 and most recently a finalist in the Smallworks Art Prize (judged by Ken Done).

Nerida’s focus is on painting landscapes in oils, inspired by reference photos she has taken or been provided. As a former rural newspaper photo-journalist she has a keen eye for picturesque farming scenes and is continually on the look out for ones she can capture and later return to her studio to paint.

Local surrounds provide a constant source of inspiration and as a dedicated painter, Nerida is committed to visually documenting the landscape she loves in all its light and tones. Her work is also easily identified by her signature palette of calming, muted greens and moody skies.

Nerida lives on a macadamia and cattle farm just outside of the village of Alstonville where she paints daily, between family and farm duties, in her on-site studio.

• Group exhibitions 1992 to 2022 in Brisbane and Melbourne, London 2003.
• Solo exhibition Brisbane 2002, 2006, 2021, Sydney 2016, Sorrento Vic 2020
• 2018 Exhibition ‘Wild Forms’, Urban Paradise Gallery Brisbane.
• 2019 Sculptors Exposed Pine Rivers Art Gallery
• 2019 Qseven Sorrento, Vic
• 2020 Manyung Gallery Sorrento ‘Women in Action’ solo exhibition
• 2020 Northshore ‘Sculpture By The River’, Brisbae
• 2021 ‘A Brush With Sculpture’, Lumiere Event Space, Brisbane
• 2021 International Contemporary Art Fair Paris
• 2022 Collective Exhibition Galleria Azur Berlin
• 2022 International Contemporary Art Fair Milan
Collections: private collections in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, France, USA, UK, Belgium, HK, ShanghaiPublic Sculptures

• Twenty four bronze sculptures in the streets of Maryborough, Qld

• Sculptures ‘Dingo Family’ and ‘Platypus’ in forecourt of Hervey Bay Cultural Centre, Qld


• 2017 Royal Qld Exhibition Grand Champion Sculptor
• 2018 Finalist Montalto Vineyard Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula, Vic
• 2018 Winner of the Family Choice Award Montalto Vineyard Sculpture Prize Vic
• 2018 Winner Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition
• 2018 Winner of the ‘Volunteers Choice’ Award Stanthorpe Art Prize
• 2018 Finalist Artentwine Sculpture Biennial Tas
• 2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Indoor Sculpture
• 2018 Royal Qld Exhibition 1st prize Outdoor Sculpture
• 2018 Winner Wynnum Manly Yacht Club Sculpture Exhibition
• 2018 Winner People’s Choice Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition
• 2019 Finalist Montalto Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic
• 2019 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition 2nd prize
• 2019 Winner George Verine Memorial Prize, Sculptors Qld Annual Exhibition
• 2019 Winner 3D Award Somerset Bendigo Bank Art Award
• 2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Outdoor Sculpture
• 2019 Royal Qld Exhibition 2nd prize Representational Sculpture
• 2020 Finalist Montalto Vineyard Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula Vic Feb
• 2021 Brookfield Sculpture Exhibition 2nd prize
• 2021Winner 3D Bundaberg Art Prize
• 2021/2022 Finalist Montalto Vineyard Sculpture Prize, Mornington Peninsula, Vic




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